PATTERN 1839 INFANTRY CARTRIDGE BOX WITH WHITE BUFF SHOULDER COMPLETE WITH “SNY” AND “EAGLE” PLATES

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Item Code: 766-1981

This infantry cartridge box for muskets follows the pattern of 1839 and carries an oval SNY (State of New York) cartridge box plate. The attached P1839 shoulder belt is of heavy white buff leather with a P1826 eagle breast plate.

The outer flap exhibits moderate crazing, but no loss of surface finish. Oval “SNY” box plate is secured to the face of the box with two small wedges of leather. Brass has nice dark patina. Closing tab is sewn to underside of outer flap and is unbroken. Edges of the latch tab exhibit tooled lines. Leather is slightly stiff but still flexible.

The inner flap is in nice condition and marked, “MADE BY / J.I. PITMAN / N-Y”. This flap covers two cartridge tins. The tins show some damage, likely caused by someone removing them and apparently having a tough time getting them back in place. Luckily none of the stitched seams were split open. This inner flap retains both “ears” tightly attached. The implement pouch is present and shows more use. The stitching on the box is tight and unbroken.  There are no vertical belt straps on this pattern.  Brass finial and iron roller buckles on the bottom. Box measures approximately 7.25” x 1.25” x 6”.

The attached white buff leather shoulder sling is stiff but otherwise in excellent condition. This shoulder strap is made of very thick leather. Affixed in the center of the front side of this strap is a P1826 round “Eagle Breast Plate”. This plate is attached with the same type of small leather wedges as is the SNY plate.

A very nice, and early, New York infantry cartridge box.   [jet] [ph:L]

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